Croatia at UEFA Euro 2008


Croatia at UEFA Euro 2008

Croatia participate din the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship, held from 7 to 29 June 2008. It was Croatia's third appearance in the tournament since its independence in 1991.

Euro 2008 primary kit
Euro 2008 secondary kit

Qualifications

Croatia was drawn into Group E of Euro 2008's qualifications, along with Andorra, England, Estonia, Macedonia, Israel and Russia.

Over the course of qualifying, Croatia racked up nine wins, two draws, and one loss. Croatia's loss was a 2–0 defeat at Skopje, Macedonia. Croatia and Romania became the final teams to record their first loss, both on the November 17, 2007 matchday, in a qualification cycle where every team suffered at least one defeat. Croatia gathered numerous headlines after knocking England out on the final matchday, with a 3–2 victory at Wembley Stadium.[1]

Croatian striker Eduardo was the second-highest goalscorer in qualifications with 10 goals, trailing Northern Ireland's David Healy.


September 6, 2006
19:00 MSD
Russia  0 – 0
 Croatia Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow
Attendance: 27,500
Referee: M. González (Spain)
Report

October 7, 2006
20:15 CEST
Croatia  7 – 0
 Andorra Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Anthony Zammit (Malta)
Petrić Goal 12'37'48'50'
Klasnić Goal 58'
Balaban Goal 62'
Modrić Goal 83'
Report

October 11, 2006
20:00 CEST
Croatia  2 – 0
 England Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb
Attendance: 38,000
Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Italy)
Eduardo Goal 61'
G. Neville Goal 68' (o.g.)
Report

November 15, 2006
19:00 IST
Israel  3 – 4
 Croatia Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan
Attendance: 38,000
Referee: Eduardo González (Spain)
Colautti Goal 8'89'
Benayoun Goal 68'
Report Srna Goal 35' (pen.)
Eduardo Goal 39'54'72'

March 24, 2007
20:15 CET
Croatia  2 – 1
 Macedonia Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Konrad Plautz (Austria)
Srna Goal 58'
Eduardo Goal 88'
Report Sedloski Goal 36'

June 2, 2007
21:30 EEST
Estonia  0 – 1
 Croatia A Le Coq Arena, Tallinn
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
Report Eduardo Goal 32'

June 6, 2007
20:30 CEST
Croatia  0 – 0
 Russia Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb
Attendance: 38,000
Referee: Ľuboš Micheľ (Slovakia)
Report

September 8, 2007
20:30 CEST
Croatia  2 – 0
 Estonia Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Jérôme Laperriere (Switzerland)
Eduardo Goal 39'45+1' Report

September 12, 2007
18:00 CEST
Andorra  0 – 6
 Croatia Estadi Comunal, Andorra la Vella
Attendance: 200
Referee: Olivier Thual (France)
Report Srna Goal 34'
Petrić Goal 38'44'
Kranjčar Goal 49'
Eduardo Goal 55'
Rakitić Goal 64'

October 13, 2007
20:15 CEST
Croatia  1 – 0
 Israel Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb
Attendance: 32,000
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)
Eduardo Goal 52' Report

November 17, 2007
20:00 CET
Macedonia  2 – 0
 Croatia Skopje City Stadium, Skopje
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)
Maznov Goal 71'
Naumoski Goal 83'
Report

November 21, 2007
20:00 GMT
England  2 – 3  Croatia Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 88,091
Referee: Peter Fröjdfeldt (Sweden)
Lampard Goal 56' (pen.)
Crouch Goal 65'
Report Kranjčar Goal 8'
Olić Goal 14'
Petrić Goal 77'

The final standings were the following:

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Croatia 12 9 2 1 28 8 +20 29
 Russia 12 7 3 2 18 7 +11 24
 England 12 7 2 3 24 7 +17 23
 Israel 12 7 2 3 20 12 +8 23
 Macedonia 12 4 2 6 12 12 0 14
 Estonia 12 2 1 9 5 21 −16 7
 Andorra 12 0 0 12 2 42 −40 0
  Andorra Croatia England Estonia Republic of Macedonia Israel Russia
Andorra  0–6 0–3 0–2 0–3 0–2 0–1
Croatia  7–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 0–0
England  5–0 2–3 3–0 0–0 3–0 3–0
Estonia  2–1 0–1 0–3 0–1 0–1 0–2
Macedonia  3–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–2
Israel  4–1 3–4 0–0 4–0 1–0 2–1
Russia  4–0 0–0 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–1

Notes on the tie-breaking situation:

  • England and Israel are ranked by their head-to-head records:
    • England – 4 pts (3–0 H vs Israel, 0–0 A vs Israel)
    • Israel – 1 pt (0–0 H vs England, 0–3 A vs England)

Culture

Croatia has a history of popular music related to its national team's appearances at major tournaments. Croatian manager Slaven Bilić's band Rawbau, for which he plays guitar, released its single "Vatreno ludilo" shortly before the tournament, commemorating the nation's third-place finish at the World Cup a decade earlier.[2] Croatian defender Josip Šimunić also appeared on a football single by the German-Croat band Oprez, titled "Svaki".[3] Croatia Records released a compilation of football and patriotic songs before the tournament titled "Srce vatreno", with some proceeds going to a charity founded by members of the national team.[4]

Tournament preparation

Croatia has four warm-up friendlies before the tournament. The first two were played against the Netherlands and Scotland:


2008-02-06
Croatia  0-3  Netherlands Poljud, Split

2008-03-26
Scotland  1-1  Croatia Hampden Park, Glasgow

The national team gathered in the Croatian city of Rovinj beginning on 18 May.[5] On May 23, the team held an open practice attended by 3,000 fans.[6] The team remained in the city until its match with Moldova on 24 May in Rijeka which it won 1-0.[7] The team stayed in its training camp in Slovenia until its final exhibition in Budapest. Croatia went on to tie Hungary 1-1 in its last preparation for the tournament.


2008-05-23
 Croatia 1-0 Moldova  Kantrida, Rijeka

2008-05-31
Hungary  v  Croatia Stadium Puskás Ferenc, Budapest
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The team travelled back to Zagreb after the match in Budapest. The team was greated by Croatian prime minister Ivo Sanader at the city's Sheraton Hotel.[8]

European Championship

At the Championship itself, Croatia was drawn into Group B along with tournament cohost Austria, Germany, and Poland. It will play all of its group-stage matches in Austria. Before the tournament, the team was confirmed to be based in Bad Tatzmannsdorf in Burgenland, Austria for the competition.[9] The Burgenland region is home to a native Croatian community. The Croatian Fanzone will be in the town of Sankt Andrä. A large concert has been planned for the Croatian fans on the first day of the tournament here.[10] The Croatian Football Federation has offered 300,000 euros to each player if Croatia wins the tournament.[11]

Roster

In February, Croatian striker Eduardo da Silva suffered a broken leg which will prevent him from participating in the tournament.

Head coach: Slaven Bilić

Assistant coaches:

Goalkeeper coach: Marijan Mrmić

Squad announced on 5 May 2008.[12]
0#0 Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Stipe Pletikosa 8 January 1979 (29) 68 0 Russia Spartak Moscow
2 DF Dario Šimić 12 November 1975 (32) 98 3 Italy Milan
3 DF Josip Šimunić 18 February 1978 (30) 61 3 Germany Hertha BSC
4 DF Robert Kovač 6 April 1974 (34) 73 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund
5 DF Vedran Ćorluka 5 February 1986 (22) 19 0 England Manchester City
6 DF Hrvoje Vejić 8 June 1977 (30) 2 0 Russia Tom Tomsk
7 MF Ivan Rakitić 10 March 1988 (20) 7 1 Germany Schalke
8 MF Ognjen Vukojević 20 December 1983 (24) 4 1 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
9 FW Nikola Kalinić 5 January 1988 (20) 1 0 Croatia Hajduk Split
10 MF Niko Kovač 15 October 1971 (36) 76 13 Austria Red Bull Salzburg
11 MF Darijo Srna 1 May 1982 (26) 54 15 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
12 GK Mario Galinović 15 November 1976 (31) 2 0 Greece Panathinaikos
13 MF Nikola Pokrivač 26 November 1985 (22) 1 0 France Monaco
14 MF Luka Modrić 9 September 1985 (22) 25 3 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb[13]
15 DF Dario Knežević 20 April 1982 (26) 6 1 Italy Livorno
16 MF Jerko Leko 9 April 1980 (28) 52 2 France Monaco
17 FW Ivan Klasnić 29 January 1980 (28) 28 8 Germany Werder Bremen
18 FW Ivica Olić 14 September 1979 (28) 53 9 Germany Hamburg
19 MF Niko Kranjčar 13 August 1984 (23) 40 7 England Portsmouth
20 FW Igor Budan 22 April 1980 (28) 5 0 Italy Parma
21 FW Mladen Petrić 1 January 1981 (27) 22 9 Germany Borussia Dortmund
22 MF Danijel Pranjić 2 December 1981 (26) 10 0 Netherlands Heerenveen
23 GK Vedran Runje 10 February 1976 (32) 4 0 France Lens

History

Opponent Matches Victories Ties Defeats Goals scored Goals conceded First
match
Last
match
 Austria 3 3 0 0 7 2 2:1 (on April 26, 2000) 4:1 (on May 23, 2006)
 Germany 4 1 1 2 6 5 1:2 (on June 23, 1996) 1:2 (on February 18, 2004)
 Poland 4 2 1 1 6 3 2:1 (on February 28, 1996) 0:1 (on June 3, 2006)

Group stage

In its first game, Croatia beat Austria 1–0 off a Luka Modrić penalty shot. After beating Germany 2–1 in its second game, Croatia advanced to the quarter-finals as group winner.[14] In its final match, Croatia defeated Poland 1–0. Croatia's goal was scored by forward Ivan Klasnić, who became the first player with a kidney transplant to play or score in the tournament's history.[15]

Contents

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Croatia 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 9
 Germany 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
 Austria 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1
 Poland 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1

Austria vs Croatia

2008-06-08
18:00
Austria  0 – 1  Croatia Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna
Attendance: 51,428
Referee: Pieter Vink (Netherlands)
(Report) Modrić Goal 4' (pen.)
Austria
AUSTRIA:
GK 21 Jürgen Macho
CB 15 Sebastian Prödl Booked in the 68th minute 68'
CB 3 Martin Stranzl
CB 4 Emanuel Pogatetz Booked in the 3rd minute 3'
DM 6 René Aufhauser
DM 19 Jürgen Säumel Booked in the 21st minute 21' Substituted off in the 61st minute 61'
RM 2 Joachim Standfest
LM 12 Ronald Gërçaliu Substituted off in the 69th minute 69'
AM 10 Andreas Ivanschitz (c)
CF 20 Martin Harnik
CF 9 Roland Linz Substituted off in the 73rd minute 73'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Ivica Vastić Substituted on in the 61st minute 61'
MF 11 Ümit Korkmaz Substituted on in the 69th minute 69'
FW 18 Roman Kienast Substituted on in the 73rd minute 73'
Manager:
Austria Josef Hickersberger
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Croatia
CROATIA:
GK 1 Stipe Pletikosa
RB 5 Vedran Ćorluka
CB 4 Robert Kovač Booked in the 51st minute 51'
CB 3 Josip Šimunić
LB 22 Danijel Pranjić
RM 11 Darijo Srna
CM 10 Niko Kovač (c)
CM 14 Luka Modrić
LM 19 Niko Kranjčar Substituted off in the 61st minute 61'
CF 18 Ivica Olić Substituted off in the 83rd minute 83'
CF 21 Mladen Petrić Substituted off in the 72nd minute 72'
Substitutions:
DF 15 Dario Knežević Substituted on in the 61st minute 61'
FW 20 Igor Budan Substituted on in the 72nd minute 72'
MF 8 Ognjen Vukojević Substituted on in the 83rd minute 83'
Manager:
Croatia Slaven Bilić

Man of the Match:
Croatia Stipe Pletikosa

Assistant referees:
Netherlands Adriaan Inia
Netherlands Hans ten Hoove
Fourth official:
Iceland Kristinn Jakobsson

Croatia vs Germany

2008-06-12
18:00
Croatia  2 – 1  Germany Hypo-Arena, Klagenfurt
Attendance: 30,461
Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)
Srna Goal 24'
Olić Goal 62'
(Report) Podolski Goal 79'
Croatia
CROATIA:
GK 1 Stipe Pletikosa
RB 5 Vedran Ćorluka
CB 4 Robert Kovač
CB 3 Josip Šimunić Booked in the 45+1th minute 45+1'
LB 22 Danijel Pranjić
RM 11 Darijo Srna Booked in the 27th minute 27' Substituted off in the 80th minute 80'
CM 10 Niko Kovač (c)
CM 14 Luka Modrić Booked in the 90+3th minute 90+3'
LM 7 Ivan Rakitić
SS 19 Niko Kranjčar Substituted off in the 85th minute 85'
CF 18 Ivica Olić Substituted off in the 72nd minute 72'
Substitutions:
FW 21 Mladen Petrić Substituted on in the 72nd minute 72'
MF 16 Jerko Leko Booked in the 90+2th minute 90+2' Substituted on in the 80th minute 80'
DF 15 Dario Knežević Substituted on in the 85th minute 85'
Manager:
Croatia Slaven Bilić
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Germany
GERMANY:
GK 1 Jens Lehmann Booked in the 90+2th minute 90+2'
RB 16 Philipp Lahm
CB 21 Christoph Metzelder
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
LB 2 Marcell Jansen Substituted off in the 46th minute 46'
RM 4 Clemens Fritz Substituted off in the 82nd minute 82'
CM 8 Torsten Frings
CM 13 Michael Ballack (c) Booked in the 75th minute 75'
LM 20 Lukas Podolski
CF 9 Mario Gómez Substituted off in the 66th minute 66'
CF 11 Miroslav Klose
Substitutions:
MF 19 David Odonkor Substituted on in the 46th minute 46'
MF 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger Red card 90+2' Substituted on in the 66th minute 66'
FW 22 Kevin Kurányi Substituted on in the 82nd minute 82'
Manager:
Germany Joachim Löw

Man of the Match:
Croatia Luka Modrić

Assistant referees:
Belgium Peter Hermans
Belgium Alex Verstraeten
Fourth official:
France Stéphane Lannoy

Poland vs Croatia

2008-06-16
20:45
Poland  0 – 1  Croatia Hypo-Arena, Klagenfurt
Attendance: 30,461
Referee: Kyros Vassaras (Greece)
(Report) Klasnić Goal 53'
Poland
POLAND:
GK 1 Artur Boruc
RB 13 Marcin Wasilewski
CB 14 Michał Żewłakow (c)
CB 5 Dariusz Dudka
LB 3 Jakub Wawrzyniak
DM 19 Rafał Murawski
DM 18 Mariusz Lewandowski Booked in the 38th minute 38' Substituted off in the 46th minute 46'
RM 17 Wojciech Łobodziński Substituted off in the 55th minute 55'
CM 20 Roger Guerreiro
LM 8 Jacek Krzynówek
CF 11 Marek Saganowski Substituted off in the 69th minute 69'
Substitutions:
DF 23 Adam Kokoszka Substituted on in the 46th minute 46'
FW 7 Euzebiusz Smolarek Substituted on in the 55th minute 55'
FW 21 Tomasz Zahorski Booked in the 84th minute 84' Substituted on in the 69th minute 69'
Manager:
Netherlands Leo Beenhakker
POL-CRO 2008-06-16.svg
Croatia
CROATIA:
GK 23 Vedran Runje
RB 2 Dario Šimić (c)
CB 6 Hrvoje Vejić Booked in the 45th minute 45'
CB 15 Dario Knežević Substituted off in the 27th minute 27'
LB 22 Danijel Pranjić
RM 16 Jerko Leko
CM 8 Ognjen Vukojević Booked in the 85th minute 85'
CM 13 Nikola Pokrivač
LM 7 Ivan Rakitić
CF 17 Ivan Klasnić Substituted off in the 74th minute 74'
CF 21 Mladen Petrić Substituted off in the 75th minute 75'
Substitutions:
DF 5 Vedran Ćorluka Substituted on in the 27th minute 27'
FW 9 Nikola Kalinić Substituted on in the 74th minute 74'
MF 19 Niko Kranjčar Substituted on in the 75th minute 75'
Manager:
Croatia Slaven Bilić

Man of the Match:
Croatia Ivan Klasnić

Assistant referees:
Greece Dimitris Bozatzidis
Greece Dimitris Saraidaris
Fourth official:
Portugal Olegário Benquerença

Croatia vs Turkey

In a match that sparked much controversy and disappointment,[citation needed] Croatia were considered the unluckiest team of the tournament as they eventually lost to Turkey in the quarter-finals after a daunting match in Vienna. Having created but only a couple of chances at goal, Turkey were seen as no chance holders as Croatia continued a fairly impressive and strong performance. In the final minute of extra time, Ivan Klasnić eventually scored to put Croatia ahead with no time remaining. The referee became negative to the cause and disallowed a Croatian substitution from occurring and eventually trailed the match over the specified time limit. As a result, Turkey scored a last kick equaliser courtesy of Semih Şentürk to take the match to a penalty shootout. Croatia eventually lost 1–3 on penalties, with Modric, Rakitic and Petric each missing their respective spot kicks to hand Turkey an unbelievable victory. As many shock roamed around Croatia as a nation, Slaven Bilić went on to say "This defeat will haunt us for the rest of our lives". It was the final International game for long standing captain Niko Kovač who announced his retirement from international football midway during the tournament.

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